The more you trust your intuition, the more empowered you become, the stronger you become, and the happier you become.
Are you happy?
I know, this is a difficult question to start with. Many people talk about happiness, but how often do we really reflect on whether we are happy and satisfied with the life we lead? What is happiness after all? It is such an abstract concept and it can mean so many different things to so many different people. My concept of happiness has changed over the years. Happiness is no longer a target, a place, a person, or a result. Happiness is the way; it became part of reality itself. It is always available because I no longer equate happiness with a distant destination. I now see it as a state that may fluctuate in intensity but is always present and available as long as I consciously choose to tap into it.
I can’t say this is the best way to approach life. I know, however, that changing my perception of happiness has helped me reduce suffering and unnecessary misery. I now choose to look at my thoughts and emotions as a constant stream or flow of energy. They come and they go, and I have the switch to manage this flow. It’s under my control to create peaceful thoughts and emotions. It’s up to me to remind myself that you have to have some rain to see a rainbow in the sky, and you ought to experience the bad in order to savor and value the goodness.
Can you imagine if we were happy all the time? It would be a utopia and we would miss much of what the human experience entails. At the same time, I don’t believe we are meant to suffer endlessly and just for the sake of learning and repenting. That’s an old misinterpretation of the meaning of suffering, much imposed and spread by religion in general. The old stories tell us that man fell out of paradise due to sinful actions and, therefore, we are all “stuck” on Earth, paying for it. This sounds very sadistic to me and far from the why we are here. We do experience, however, high contrasts throughout life. They are not meant to punish us but to allow us to learn and outgrow life’s challenges and lead us to find our way “home”.
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And what is “home”? Home is that beautiful place in which you are who you are, fearlessly, and where you feel safe to follow and pursue your intuition and inner voice. We have been disconnected from our inner wisdom and conditioned by a social system that demands blind obedience to a set of rules, norms, and traditions in the name of social cohesion. To follow this system, you must be disconnected from your own needs and natural aspirations, which can only speak to you through intuition, that gentle inner voice that you were made to believe to be wrong or silly. It is about time that we reconnect with that voice though.
To put it in another way, it is time to be you. It is time to witness the incredible connection between your thoughts, emotions, and actions as well as the feeling of being whole. Once we realize everything is deeply connected and interwoven, that our energy influences others and vice-versa, our perception of reality shifts, and we start opening ourselves to the idea and feeling of being individually empowered. When we have such experience, we become rooted in our own energy field and flow. We stop perceiving ourselves as limited and separated beings. We realize we are part of something much, much bigger, and that we can feel at “home” by tapping into it.
After so many years looking for where home was, I now find it in this connection with the whole. Some call it nature. Others call it God. The Universe. It doesn’t matter what you decide to call it or feel more comfortable with. The key is to go within, quiet your inner world, and find that intuitive voice. That voice has great power and it can show you the next set of steps you need to make. As we keep learning to listen and tune into it, the feeling of “home” becomes more and more anchored in the present moment. Eventually, it becomes our default mode.
So, let’s go back to my initial question. Are you happy? Don’t answer it based on what society, culture, or family told you happiness was. Find your own meaning of happiness by looking within and by paying attention to your intuition, which is a subtler form of intelligence. Ask questions, and listen quietly. What makes your life worthwhile? What makes you feel alive? Turn the world off for a moment and go within. Find your home by connecting with your intuition.